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Author: Claes Andersson Topics:

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A decade ago, Henrich proposed group size as a driver of cultural complexity. Derex et al.2 now present experimental results they say support this ‘group size hypothesis’ by seemingly showing that larger groups perform better than smaller groups under imitation-based cultural evolution. Our reanalysis of their experimental data, however, shows that larger groups actually perform [...]

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Author: Claes Andersson Topics:

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Abstract The stability of behavior across generations is a definitional feature of culture that is typically seen as an e ect of high cultural transmission delity. With some recent exceptions, however, formal models have rarely been brought to bear on this problem. Using an evolutionary quasispecies model we here explore the connection between delity and the emergence of stable complex [...]

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Author: Claes Andersson Topics:

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Abstract Complexity science is widely seen as a source of key theoretical capabilities that have long been lacking in the study of large-scale societal phenomena such as sociotechnical transitions. But compared with the transformative impact of complexity science in many other elds, few if any real breakthroughs have materialized. We here address the question of why societal systems remain [...]

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Author: Claes Andersson Topics:

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Abstract Evolutionary developmental theories in biology see the processes and organization of organisms as crucial for understanding the dynamic behavior of organic evolution. Darwinian forces are seen as necessary but not sucient for explaining observed evolutionary patterns. We here propose that the same arguments apply with even greater force to culture vis-a-vis cultural evolution. In order not to argue entirely [...]

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Author: Stefan Thurner Topics:

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Abstract Complex systems — when treated as systems accessible to natural sciences — pose tremendous requirements on data. Usually these requirements obstruct a scientific under- standing of social phenomena on scientific grounds. Due to new developments in IT and collective human behavior, new dimensions of data sources are beginning to open up. Here we report [...]

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Author: David Lane Topics:

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Abstract This essay investigates some of the relationships between hierarchy and complexity. After a brief look in Section 1 at some of the possible meanings of “hierarchy”, we turn in Sections 2-4 to a discussion of seminal essays by three scientists who thought deeply about hierarchy and complexity: Herbert Simon, Phil Anderson and John Holland. [...]

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Author: Andrew Feenberg Topics:

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Abstract Although it has been in existence for over three decades, the Internet remains a contested technology. Its governance and role in civic life, education, and entertainment are all still openly disputed and debated. The issues include censorship and network control, privacy and surveillance, the political impact of activist blogging, peer to peer file sharing, [...]

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